Join Date: Oct 2011
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In addition to all of the signs posted above, if you are not sure your horse has ulcers based on behavior alone, scoping by a vet is the only way to truly know, but an often cheaper alternative is just to try them on an ulcer treatment program for a week or two- generally it will be a dramatic difference if ulcers are truly the issue, rather than just ill-fitting tack, rider error etc. causing the behavior.
One of my newer horses was a cribber and overall anxious horse, we suspected ulcers. We put him on U-guard and added some alfalfa to his diet, (much cheaper than the $300.00 scoping procedure and barn call!) and after just a few days he was a completely different, much calmer under saddle, happy horse. We then had the vet out to scope and see exactly what we were dealing with (it WAS ulcers!), but it was a very helpful step in seeing if it was in fact ulcers that were the culprit vs a behavioral issue.
Best of luck!
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